Positions in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience of Substance Abuse

McLean Hospital
Belmont, Massachusetts
Apr 01, 2021
May 01, 2021
Position Type
Senior Level



Positions in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience of Substance Abuse


McLean Hospital


Belmont, MA








Several positions are available in the Behavioral Biology Division at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School (HMS). Faculty within the Division work on behavioral pharmacology and multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, MRS, DWI, etc.) projects involving integrated behavior/imaging conducted on 3T and 9.4T MR platforms using animal models of substance use disorders. 


Several preclinical research projects include:


  1. longitudinal analyses of the effects of adolescent THC exposure on various brain and cognitive endpoints
  2. examining the role of drug history in behavioral and neural responses to monoaminergic drugs
  3. identifying neural signatures associated with the behavioral effects of abused drugs from various pharmacological classes
  4. Evaluating candidate medications on drug-taking and relapse-like behavior using animal models of drug abuse



Post-doctoral Fellow: The ideal candidate will be a recent Ph.D. with a relevant background, e.g., neuroscience, psychology, computer science, or a related field. Candidates should have experience with preclinical behavioral models and/or behavioral pharmacology methods and those with a successful publication history will be given priority.




The selected post-doctoral candidate will be proposed for academic appointment as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at HMS. The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility of extension pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Submission of career development and other grant funding applications during the appointment is encouraged and will be supported. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, laboratory experience, and institutional guidelines. Qualified women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.




To Apply:


Interested candidates should send an email expressing interest to Jack Bergman, Ph.D. (jack_bergman@hms.harvard.edu). 




Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.




McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, and color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation. McLean Hospital does conduct pre-employment drug screening, and any offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of the screening.  


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